BANJUL, Gambia

The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) completed its first round of donations of food items Tuesday to needy Gambian families.

The donations were made to families in Mansakonko, Basse, Kuntaur, Janjanbureh and Kerewan Area Councils.

TIKA made similar donations earlier to families in the Kanifing municipality and the Brikama Area Council.

Items consisted of 150 bags of 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of rice, 150 gallons (208 liters) of 5 liters (1.3 gallons) of cooking oil and 150 packs of 5 kilograms (10 pounds) of sugar.

The donations to Kanifing municipality was increased to 250 bags of rice, 250 packs of sugar and 250 gallons of cooking oil.

TIKA plans to donate 1,750 food packages in Gambia.

Chairman of the Mansakonko Area Council Landing Sanneh said the aid would “curb the negative economic effects of COVID 19 on Gambia’s rural population.”

TIKA will make similar donations Wednesday to Gambia’s Supreme Islamic Council and Gambia Federation for the Disabled.

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